Cluster Randomised Trials Design and Analysis

1 Day Course: Friday, 18th June 2021

Cluster Randomised Controlled Trials (cRCTs) are trials which randomise groups of patients rather than individual patients. Examples might include randomising communities to different public health interventions, randomising practitioners to different methods of treating patients, or randomising whole bodies when the target is an organ such as the eyes, kidneys or teeth. The analysis of CRTs is more complex than that of individually randomised trials.

The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to and understanding of the key issues in the design, analysis and reporting of cluster randomised controlled trials (cRCTs). The course focusses on CRCTs in the evaluation of healthcare and public health settings.

Who will benefit from this course?

  • Clinicians who need to design CRTs
  • New researchers who want to appreciate the benefits
  • Statisticians who want to understand how to design and analyse CRTs

No formal statistical expertise is required, but a knowledge of basic statistics such as simple statistical tests would be an advantage.

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • explain why cluster randomised controlled trials are necessary
  • recognise when cluster randomised controlled trials are necessary
  • identify the key decisions that have to be made when designing a cluster randomised controlled trial
  • be aware of appropriate statistical methods in the analysis of trial data, including adjustment for covariates, subgroup analyses and multiple outcomes
  • design a hypothetical trial based on their knowledge gained throughout the course.

Course content:

The course will consist of a mixture of presentations, group work, discussions and individual exercises.


A copy of the book ‘How to design, analyse and report cluster randomised controlled trials in medicine and health services research’ by Professor Mike Campbell and Professor Stephen Walters, will be available to purchase at special purchase price during the online booking process for the course.

The book will also be able to purchase after you have made your course booking, please contact Karen Holden at for further details.

Participants are asked to provide their own laptop/tablet for the duration of the course.


Professor Stephen Walters is the course leader for this course.

Date and times

1 Day Course:  Friday, 18th June 2021

  • Start: 9.00am
  • Finish: 4.30pm

£199 - Early Bird Rate, for confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on 18th March 2021.

£299 - Standard Rate, for confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on 4th June 2021.

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on 4th June 2021, or when the course reaches full capacity, whichever is soonest.

Booking and payment

Provisional bookings are now being taken for this new ScHARR short course, please forward your details to Karen Holden at

All of our ScHARR Short Course Bookings are initially processed through our Online Store. Payment is by Credit/Debit Card or PayPal, there is also an Invoice option (purchase order required), if your organisation would like to pay in this way.

If your employer are paying your fees, and would prefer to be invoiced, then please select the Invoice option on our Online Store and ensure that all purchase order details are provided (contact email address, full address, purchase order number) and please also forward a copy of the actual Purchase Order to  A Purchase Order will be required BEFORE making your booking.

If you have any queries relating to fees and payment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on 4th June 2021.

Course Materials

Course Materials will be provided via a Delegate Course Website approximately 1 week prior to the course start date. Hard copies of exercises will be provided throughout the course as necessary.  Hard copies of PowerPoint presentations will not be provided, but these can be printed by delegates before the start of the course via the Delegate Course Website if required.

Accommodation and meals

The course fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day of this one day course. 

If you have any particular dietary or access requirements then please advise Karen Holden at, and/or complete the relevant details on the booking form at the time of booking.

NB: accommodation is not included.

We do however have a preferential rate of £70 for our delegates at Halifax Hall, or £50 per night at our new Jonas Hotel, which is situated behind Halifax Hall. For further details of how to book to ensure these rates please contact Karen Holden at or by telephone +44 114 222 2698.


Halifax Hall Hotel and Conference Centre
Endcliffe Vale Road
S10 3ER


For further information please contact the Short Course Unit via email at or call +44 114 222 2968.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 30 July 2020